Legal Situation for Sports Betting in the US
The online US sports betting market is growing as more and more states are legalizing online gambling. Laws such as PASPA, UIGEA, and The Federal Wire Act have in the past tried to prevent online gambling but as PASPA was overturned in 2017 in the US Supreme Court online gambling started to open in the US, state after state.
At US sportsbonus we only work with sportsbooks holding a license and are legal in the states where they accept wagering. We recommend everyone interested in sports betting to read our state guides before selecting a sportsbook to gamble with.
States Where Online Sports Betting is Legal
In the index below you find links to all states with information on the current legal, best sports betting sites, promotions and much more.
In 2012 New Jersey passed the bill but the opposition filed an appeal against and the battle continued for another six years before sports betting was finally up and running in New Jersey.
DraftKings was the first sportsbook to launch in 2018 in the Garden State and two years later there is closer to 20 online sportsbooks offering sports betting in New Jersey.
Pennsylvania approved sports betting in May 2018. All sportsbooks offering their services in PA need to apply for a license at Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGBC). Entering the Pennsylvania sports betting market is expensive and a betting license costs $10 million. This combined with high tax rates for sports betting has kept the number of operators down under ten licensed PA sportsbooks.
The first online sportsbook to launch its operation was SugarHouse on May 28, 2019. Together with BetRivers, which is owned by the same group, Playsugarhouse, DraftKings and FanDuel are the top brands on the Pennsylvania online sports betting scene.
In October 2019, Indiana online sports betting became a reality with three operators (Betrivers, DraftKings & FanDuel) launching their services in the Hoosier State.
To obtain a sports betting license in Indiana operators must apply for a license with the Indiana Gaming Commission. With a population of over 6 million, it is likely to become a decent state for Indiana sports betting in terms of handle and revenue.
West Virginia is considered one of the more progressive states in terms of online sports betting. It was one of the first states to authorize sports betting in the US.
FanDuel was first out to launch its sports betting app in August 2019 with DraftKings not far behind launching just a few days later. BetMGM is the latest addition to sports betting in West Virginia.
Colorado online sports betting opened up on May 1st 2020. Like in most states DraftKings and FanDuel were first out of the gates and are likely to get an early advantage to the rest of the field. BetMGM and BetRivers are also live in the Centennial State.
With a total of 33 land based casinos who can all apply for sports betting licenses we expect Colorado Sports Betting to be a crowded online market within the near future.
Illinois online sports betting happened in 2020. The pandemic speeded up the process for taking sports betting online and the Land of Lincoln is expected to become one of the larger US states for online sports betting.